Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi.

“Include oceans in climate change agenda”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has used the Katowice Climate Change Conference to again call for oceans to become an integral part of the continuing climate change agenda. The Prime Minister made the appeal recently at a side event on the sidelines of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC in Poland.

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Visa met with representative of BSP, ANZ, Bank of Baroda, Bred Bank, ABIF and HFC on Tuesday in Suva for the launch of the South Pacific Security Roadmap.

Visa to focus on tourism, tackling fraud

With at least half of all tourists arriving in Samoa used to making contactless card payments, Samoa needs to catch up. Visa is rolling out plans to improve payment security, and the standard of card terminals across the South Pacific.

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Flooding in Apia.

Bureaucrat laments climate change impact

Born and raised in the village of Moata’a, Tile Tofaeono has seen firsthand the impacts of climate change. 

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World

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left, greets British Prime Minister Theresa May.

EU leaders wary of May's plea for help selling Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May implored European Union leaders Thursday to help her sell the Brexit divorce deal at home, only to be told that her proposals are not clear enough for the bloc to offer a helping hand now.

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Members of rescue services work at the scene of a train accident in Ankara, Turkey.

Turkey train crash leaves 9 dead, dozens injured

A high-speed train hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass Thursday at a station in the Turkish capital of Ankara, killing nine people and injuring dozens, officials said.

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Sport

Lupesoliai Joseph Parker (R) faces off against Alexander Flores at a press conference ahead of their fight in Christchurch.

Inga the Winger – Parker will respond on Saturday

Samoan boxing influencer and former rugby star Fesola’i Va’aiga Tuigamala is predicting a great fight for Lupesoliai Joseph Parker this weekend.

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Rugby league star Martin Taupau is in Samoa for the first time in 13 years.

‘Marty Kapow’ loving being back in Samoa

Manly Sea Eagles and New Zealand Kiwis rugby league star Martin Taupau is in Samoa for the first time in 13 years.

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Street Talk

Public welcome World AIDS Day

Samoa joined the international community last Saturday December 1 to mark the 2018 World AIDS Day with a parade, a float and speeches by dignitaries including Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i met members of the public to get their views on the deadly disease and what should be done.

Aiatia Notoa, 20

Vailima

Jennifer Ah Ching, 28

Fagalii

Mareta Arp, 28

Alafua

Muliau Isaako, 69

Sogi

Shary Tasipale, 19

Lalovaea

Susana Talaiti, 29

Tuanai

Think a Minute

Think a minute…Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution to break a bad habit? You determined to finally make that needed change, but after just a few weeks you were back to your same old habits. So you think to yourself: “I know what I should have done, but I did not do it!”

Editorial

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Theft, organised crime and the need to protect ourselves from criminals

The story titled “Thieves steal $15,000 worth of red palms” published on page 2 of yesterday’s Samoa Observer is dreadful. Not only are the actions of the culprit or culprits downright shocking, the idea that they have robbed a hard-working woman—not once but twice—tells a sad story.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: Climate change Being in Australia, I hang my head in shame at the inaction of our nation. Really - it is the responsibility of adults around the world to provision for the next generation. When I say ‘next generation’ I don’t just mean humans - I mean all young.

Re: Church recklessness building This is the legacy of the previous administration of the church. It was led by a man who claimed to be very intelligent. Yet he was very high minded and thought he is the smartest person in the world.

Re: Land and Court ruling Ahem I’m a little confused here! So how does a lease granted under the Alienation of Customary Land Act 1965 end up as public land? According to Justice Tafaoimalo “Leases granted over customary land fall within the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court as they operate as leases of public land”.

Entertainment

This picture shows the WowWee pinkfong Baby Shark family of singing plush toys. The viral song and its kiddie music videos have entranced toddlers and parents alike, though some of the grown-ups are now suffering from shark fatigue. (AP Photo/WowWee)

Doo doo doo doo doo doo: 'Baby Shark' bites into the culture

In the wise words of James Corden, there comes along a song every so often that defines a generation.

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Technology

Customers enter the Apple store, in New York.

Apple to build new Austin hub, expand in other tech hotbeds

Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub.

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